The signing is official. Texas inks Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with a 3/31 opt out if he doesn’t make the opening day roster. He will earn league minimum if he is to make the roster out of spring training but the Rangers will still owe him $2m this season of his $28.41m salary owed from his final year of his buried contract. He is said to get work in at 1B and looks to be a left-handed option at 1B to give Gallo more time to develop. This is also a cheaper option than spending more on the open market for what is essentially a stop gap. Hamilton is said to have been working with Lance Berkman on transitioning to 1B. Hamilton spoke to Steve Buechele yesterday regarding 1B and attempting to play there to stay healthy. He said he had “planted the seed” and now the deal is done and Hamilton will go to work a first baseman.
Texas also inks Dillon Gee to a minor league deal with 3/29 a 6/1 opt outs. He will earn a $2m base if he joins the major league roster with incentives to reach a total of $3m. He is a great low risk medium reward guy. He will compete for a spot in the rotation along with Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross. Gee, like Ross, is also making a comeback from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.